Prepare to Transfer

If you plan to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher after attending Madison College, preparing to transfer begins in your first semester. Students in the range of 0 to 15 credits should start thinking about the transfer process because every class and every semester will make a difference in how you move forward. 

To stay on your own transfer track, meet with your program advisor every semester to review transfer requirements and monitor your transfer goals. 

Your Checklist for Preparing to Transfer

Begin building your transfer foundation by focusing on your academics, getting good grades, and being organized to keep track of important transfer information, dates, deadlines, and more. You’ll design a plan to get involved at Madison College and in your community to expand your interest and broaden your experience.

  1. Dream Big
    • Maintain good grades (3.0-4.0 GPA) for more transfer opportunities.
    • Understand the transfer requirements for your school and future major:
      • Take note of any “minimum” GPA requirements: For competitive admission programs, the minimum GPA may not be the same as the average GPA for admitted students. 
      • Be aware that admission requirements may differ from major or transfer requirements.


  2. Get Involved
    • Expand your interests by joining Madison College clubs and organizations.
    • Broaden your experience by volunteering in the community.
    • Begin to make connections with faculty and other groups, and start networking with future employers.
    • Explore other areas that interest you and may support your future career and transfer goals.
  3. Meet Your Advisor
    • Meet your program advisor at an advising and registration event when you choose your first semester classes.
    • Schedule a meeting with your program advisor every semester to:
      • Select classes to make sure you’re making the right choices at the right time to meet transfer requirements.
      • Review transfer requirements to ensure that you complete required courses before you transfer.
      • Ask questions so you are informed about the transfer steps you need to take.


  4. Get Organized
    • Keep copies of all your Madison College course syllabi because:
      • Your transfer school might want additional information about your courses.
      • Some colleges and universities will not do a transfer credit evaluation until you after are admitted to the school.
    • Take note of important dates, deadlines, contact names, and other information related to your transfer process:
      • Keep track of all contacts with your transfer schools and record their answers.
      • Enter transfer process deadlines in your personal calendar—and set reminders for those deadlines.
      • Assume that all deadlines are firm and failure can delay your transfer timeline by a semester or more.
      • Do your research before emailing or calling schools. Check their websites for information so you’re asking relevant questions unique to your situation. 
  5. Identify Options
    • Begin your online research for colleges and universities.
    • Explore majors, admission requirements, transfer opportunities, costs, and more.
    • Review transfer opportunities with schools in Wisconsin and out of state. 
    • Choose your transfer school early in the process, if possible, so you can start planning ahead.
    • Attend a transfer event and workshop.